Ask any cigar aficionado what the best on the market is and they’ll give you the same answer: Cuban cigars. Cigars from Cuba are renowned for their world-class quality, but if you’re new to the cigar world, then you might feel intimidated when discussing the elite. Now that Barack Obama lifted the Cuban embargo established by John Kennedy in the 60’s, the cigars are again legal in the U.S. So, what are the basics every gentleman needs to know about these famous stogies?

Selection

When purchasing Cubans, you need to be cautious of getting ripped off. Many sellers will false-advertise what they’re selling, which makes it increasingly difficult if you’re new to the scene. To avoid getting screwed, you need to purchase the cigars directly from Cuba when traveling abroad. There’s no better way to guarantee the quality of the product than to buy directly from the country of origin. Cuban cigars are sold outside of Cuba, but you run the risk of buying a product that isn’t what you thought it was. Sadly, you can’t buy online from any reputable dealer yet, so don’t expect Amazon to be stocking up. Expect to pay up to $50 per cigar at the most elite level, which is difficult to deal with the $100 limit upon customs.

Cutting/Smoking

Guillotine cutters are the best way to get a clean, accurate cut, regardless of brand. When cutting the cigar, if you want a lot of smoke, make a large hole. If you want to be patient with your expensive cigar, then you might want a smaller hole to smoke from. When lighting, slowly revolve the cigar over the flame to ensure an even burn. You don’t want it to start running or burning unevenly, so take your time. Remember how special these cigars are, so if you need to practice, use a cheaper option.

Cuban cigars are infamous for their involvement in U.S. politics, but they will always have a place in the hearts of cigar connoisseurs. If you’re new to the party, you don’t have to feel intimidated by the caliber of cigars that Cuba produces. Just remember, there are people out there willing to scam the newbies, so keep a keen eye.

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